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    marty fox

    Why is only satan bound for 1000 years?

    Thread Starter: marty fox

    Revelation 20:1-3 & 7 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3...

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    jeffweeder

    My coming is like Noah's day.

    Thread Starter: jeffweeder

    What do you think Jesus meant by saying his coming would be like Noah's day ? My thoughts lean toward an inescapable judgment for all those outside his salvation. Be it an ark or his Gospel. 1Thess 5 Now as to the times and the epochs,...

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    Aijalon

    Is 17 & 19 - Damascus and Egypt updates:

    Thread Starter: Aijalon

    Are we literally living in the end times or not? Please help me keep this thread up to date on related news. Would like this thread to serve as a sounding board for the possible fulfillment of Isaiah 17 as related to present-day Damascus. The...

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    Trivalee

    Has the Blindness of Israel been removed or not?

    Thread Starter: Trivalee

    God spoke through Isaiah: chapter 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they...

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    He'sus

    What does Hebrews 11:4 Mean?

    Thread Starter: He'sus

    Hebrews 11:4By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous when God gave approval to his gifts. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. When I think about it, this verse doesnt...

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    What did Jesus mean by this statement? "standing in the Holy Place" (Votes: 13)

    1. the Antichrist will take his seat in God's temple, a rebuilt Jewish temple (Votes: 6)

    2. the Antichrist will in effect declare himself to be God, though not in a physical temple (Votes: 5)

    3. the Roman Army will stand in the gates of Jerusalem, besieging the city (Votes: 1)

    4. the Roman Army actually stood inside Jerusalem, destroying the temple (Votes: 2)

    5. the Romans abused the temple tax (Votes: 0)

    6. the Jewish People abused the temple (Votes: 0)

    Experiencing God's supernatural power (Votes: 17)

    1. Have not experienced any manifestation of God's supernatural power (Votes: 1)

    2. I have experienced - Word of Wisdom (Votes: 10)

    3. I have experienced - Word of Knowledge (Votes: 11)

    4. I have experienced - Gift of Faith (Votes: 10)

    5. I have experienced - Gift of Healing (Votes: 9)

    6. I have experienced - A Miracle (Votes: 9)

    7. I have experienced - A Prophetic Word (Votes: 10)

    8. I have experienced - Gift of Discernment of Spirits (Votes: 10)

    9. I have experienced - Gift of Different KindS of Tongues (Votes: 7)

    10. I have experienced - Gift of Interpretation of Tongues (Votes: 5)

    11. I have experienced - Casting out of a demon (Votes: 5)

    12. I have experienced - Divine protection from poison (Votes: 4)

  • A Pearl of Wisdom

    As most people know, pearls, unlike most precious gems formed by geological forces, are the result of a biological process that occurs within various mollusks, including the oyster. Different species of mollusks produce pearls in a wide variety of shapes and colors, varying in beauty and value. A perfectly round pearl with just the right size, color, texture and iridescence is very rare, making such specimens highly prized and valuable.

    Whether pearls are produced naturally in the wild or meticulously cultivated, they are all formed by the same basic process. And that process presents a life lesson with a spiritual application that we can benefit from. Shelled mollusks like the oyster constantly open and close their shells as they filter the water around them to extract nutrients. Occasionally, during this process, a tiny particle of some type, such as a gritty speck or even a parasite, enters the shell and becomes lodged between the oyster's inner shell and its soft delicate tissue, called the mantle.

    In response to this irritant, the mantle secretes a substance called nacre, (which also produces the same calcium carbonate-based material the mollusk's shell is made of). These secretions coat the particle, surrounding it with a sac that shields the mollusk's sensitive tissues from it. Over time, layer upon layer is added, until eventually, what we know as the pearl, is formed.

    So then, where's the spiritual lesson in that? Well, if we look at it in the most fundamental sense, a pearl is the result of dealing with adversity in a graceful manner--a thing of beauty, produced in the course of contending with an irritant. In a similar manner, when we face some unpleasant person or thing in our lives, we can cope with it in a gentle manner that demonstrates the mind and attitude of Christ--which in turn, reflects well both on our Lord and our profession of faith.

    It's easy (and often very tempting) to respond to disrespect, unkindness, or similar behavior in like kind. Or perhaps we find ourselves overwhelmed or frustrated by a situation and then audibly or physically react to the circumstances in a fleshly rather than spiritual manner. None of us are immune from allowing a person or situation to "get under our skin" to the point of reacting with anger or frustration, because we're fallible human beings.

    Yet, when we do so, we do a disservice to both the Lord and our profession of faith. Instead of being reactionary, we can, like the oyster, attempt to cultivate a spiritual pearl. We can put a buffer between us and our fleshly feelings by coating the irritant with spiritual nacre, refusing to let it stress us out. A smile and a gentle response can often do amazing things.

    We can do this in our daily walk, and deal with the adversity and unpleasantness that intrudes into our lives in a refined, graceful manner, which is not only restrained and non-confrontational, but can produce something beautiful, admirable and of lasting value: a good testimony befitting a child of God. Exemplary acts of genuine patience, kindness and compassion demonstrated in our day to day attitudes and personal interactions are often a more effective witness to non-believers around us than any amount of verbal professions of faith could ever be. Such a form of witness is truly a pearl of great price.

    A gentle answer turns away wrath.
    (Proverbs 15:1)

    Do not be overcome by evil, but rather overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)
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